Boston Tragedy: Service Updates and Ways You Can Show Your Support
The Salvation Army is providing support to survivors and first responders in Boston, Massachusetts, following the explosions that occurred near the Boston Marathon finish line yesterday, which resulted in at least three deaths and left more than 140 people injured.
Canteens (mobile kitchens) were positioned at various sites throughout the city, including the Unified Command Post, the Family Assistance Center at Park Plaza Castle, and Kenmore Square, where meals, snacks, and beverages were served to survivors, families, and first responders.
In addition to the canteens, volunteers and Officers of The Salvation Army were on-site to provide emotional and spiritual care for those impacted by this tragedy, with some stationed at area hospitals to be on-hand if pastoral care was needed.
“We thank God for the meaningful conversations that occurred during this difficult time,” said Major David E. Kelly, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army Massachusetts Division.“I am deeply grateful for the quick response, compassionate spirits, and heart for ministry with which our officers, staff, and volunteers responded,” Kelly said.
The Salvation Army will remain on-site at the Family Assistance Center as long as support is needed.
The Salvation Army is collaborating with the Office for Emergency Management, the Boston Fire Department, the Boston Police Department, Sparks, the American Red Cross, the Department of Child, Youth and Families (DCYF), Riverside Trauma, and the Boston Public Health Commission.
“Please continue to pray for those so dramatically impacted by this tragedy,” said Kelly.
To donate to The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services efforts:
The Salvation Army’s Boston Marathon Relief Fund page: https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org/massachusetts/bostonmarathonrelief.
Give by Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY